This year is the 75th Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell, and a special “twist” is being put on the Games. The twist for the Quell is that the tributes will be chosen from the past victors from the district. District 12 only has three victors: Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to be the ones to represent District 12. At the pre-games conferences, Peeta announces that Katniss is pregnant; this causes the whole country of Panem to go in madness and the Capitol to grow in fury. The next day… the Hunger Games begin! The arena is a clock and every hour, a different tragedy occurs: bloody rain, jaberjays, poisonous fog, and nine others. The Capitol also throws in some unexpected surprises to try and tear the “couple” apart. Will Katniss or Peeta be the won to win and claim the glory? Only one can survive.
—K.D. (age 14)
I read The Hunger Games and I liked it. My favorite character was Peeta. The book ended like the next book would be better. It had action, violence, and some romance. I would recommend this book.
—B.Z. (age 12)
I really enjoyed this book because it was really exciting. The characters were amazing, and I liked how Constance turned out to be there. Also, I enjoyed how the author almost made the story believable. Not many books appeal to me, but this one did.
—C.C. (age 11)
Katniss is a brave girl and is ready for the huunger games .just before the games begin Peeta confession that he is in love with her. Katniss wins the games and so does Peeta .
—J.A. (age 12)
This book was about aliens coming to Earth because their planet was destroyed by the Magadorians. They are the last hope to restoring life to their lost planet. The Magadorians come to Earth and hunt them, but due to a charm they can only hunt them in the order they were numbered. A boy who has recently changed his name to John Smith and moved to Ohio is next in line, he is number four. I enjoyed this book because it’s full of adventure.
—R.S. (age 17)
While the book was well written, it had far too little exposition, left many questions unanswered, and ended with a deux ex machina. The book had an interesting concept–it is unfortunate that it was not expanded on to be more complete for the reader.
–N.P. (age 16)
I enjoyed this installment of the Life As We Knew It series, though perhaps not quite as much as the first two books. The characters are well written when they interact, but there is not much development or explanation of what happened between books. Also, the conclusion was a bit of a cliffhanger so I was a little upset there.
—N.P. (age 16)
Writer-artist Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is a surprisingly nuanced, grim, an intricate graphic novel, on the same level as most modern fiction. it relates the story of Batman’s return to crimefighting after a decade of absences, despite his growing age and opposition from the new police commissioner. Batman must defeat a terrifying new gang called the Mutants as well as his old enemies, even as the police are hunting him down. Along the way, Miller shows the impact of superheroes like Batman on soceity, as well as the impact of the media that follows his every move. Indeed, the mass media coverage of both Batman’s exploits and a Cold-War-turned-hot scenario eerily forecast the world of today, though the tale was penned in 1986.
Miller also delves into the psychological realm, examining just what makes batman and some of his adversaries tick. Though this can become dry at times, it furthers the development of characters that, before this, were not very complicated at all. Those uninitiated in the batman mythos will only need a small amount of knowledge to delve into the truly spectacular tale that is The Dark Knight Returns.
–A.M. (age 15)
A teenage girl was in a terrible accident. She was unconscious for about a year. And that’s just about all you know when “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” begins.
From the very first chapter, when Jenna Fox wakes up and begins to find out who she is, I was hooked. I asked all the same questions she did: how did she get into a coma? Why is she living in this town with her mother and grandmother while her dad lives in Boston? Why doesn’t her grandmother like her? As the story unfolds and her memory returned, I still had trouble putting it down. Answers to my questions just brought new questions! The ending was very satisfactory to me, and while this type of book usually isn’t my favorite, I think Mary E. Pearson did a wonderful job. I loved the futuristic aspect, the science and medicine. And even though it was set in some future year, it felt very real and believable! I will be going back to this book.
This book is the closing to the Hungry City Chronicles. Philip Reeve creates a world in the future, where Most cities move on treads. They chase and destroy one another, always searching for park.
—K.M. (age 13)